Cricket originated in England and they are the one of the finest cricket teams, but still they were not champions at least once. The winner of ODI World Cup finals is considered the Champion of Champions. It is accompanied once in four years. T20 World Cup is lead every year. The champion of Test cricket is certain based on the points in a calendar year. ICC has a ranking system for individual players that is similar to team rankings.
Cricket has its gift, with the way it is played throughout the globe and the members involved in the game. Players and umpires are key to spread the sport over age group. Therefore, the players with memorable careers are considered and self-confessed into the Hall of Fame category by ICC. Let’s take a short-term look at these players and their stats.
WG Grace (1880 -1899) − WG Grace is reflected as the father of English cricket and played an significant role in indorsing and emerging the game. He involved huge crowds during his playing days. He debuted in England in September, 1880 against Australia. He played 22 Tests and scored 1,098 runs at an average of 32. He had an outstanding first-class career that lasted more than 40 seasons and scored 54,211 runs. It included 124 centuries and 251 fifty plus scores.
Sir Donald Bradman (1928 -1948) − As Grace was measured for English cricket, Bradman was equal to Australian cricket. Sir Don as he is lovingly called, is regarded as the best batsman ever in the history of cricket. He has a staggering 99.94 average in 52 Test matches that included 29 Tests. He has 117 centuries at first-class level.
Jack Hobbs (1908 -1930) − Jack Hobbs is the finest English opening batsman ever in Test history and also the eldest player to score a Test century. He was 46 when he scored his last Test century. He has also amassed the highest number of runs and centuries in first-class career that last 29 years. He has scored a total 199 centuries and 61,760 runs in first-class and averages 56.94 in Tests.
Sydney Barnes (1901 -1914) − Barnes was one of best medium fast bowlers in Test cricket for England who has played very slight first-class cricket. He bowled right-arm with skill to swing the ball successfully. He played 27 Test matches picking up 189 wickets at an average of 16.43. He was 61 when he played his last match for his league.
Jim Laker (1948 -1959) − Jim Laker was the finest off-spinner for England throughout his playing days. He picked 193 wickets in 46 matches at an average of 21.24. He will ever be remembered for his spell of 19 wickets in a match against Australia in 1956.
Garfield Sobers (1954 -1974) − Sobers is a previous West Indian player and the ultimate all-rounder cricket has ever seen. He hurled himself into Test cricket with run tally of 365 runs in an innings against Pakistan. He also captained the side from 1965-72. Generally, he scored 8,032 runs and picked 235 wickets in 93 Tests played for West Indies. He was also the first to hit six sixes in a first-class match.
Rod Marsh (1970 -1984) − By far, Rod Marsh is the finest wicket-keeper in the history of the game. He has 355 notices to his account in 96 Tests and 124 dismissals from 92 ODIs. He is fondly called as Iron Gloves.
Dennis Lillee (1971 - 1984) − Lillee was one of the greatest dreaded fast bowlers of Australia in Tests and ODIs. He played professional cricket for 13 years and took 355 scalps in 70 Test matches. The combination of Rod Marsh and Dennis Lillee was widely popular. He was exceptional in the shorter format of the game with a bowling average of 20.82 and took 103 wickets in 63 ODIs.
Ian and Greg Chappell (1964 -1984) − Ian and Greg Chappell were one of the greatest prevalent siblings in cricket history. They conquered Australian cricket for nearly two decades. Ian was the elder brother of Greg. They were commonly known as Chappell Brothers. Ian was a productive middle order batsman and one of the best captains of Australia. He averaged 42.42 in 75 Tests and 48.07 in 16 ODI games. Greg, on the other hand, started his career six years later, in 1970. Greg was an all-rounder with good batting and bowling skills. He scored 7110 runs in 87 Test matches and just above 2300 runs in ODIs. His bowling average in ODIs was as good as a mainstream fast bowler.
Richard Hadlee (1972 -1990) − He was famous as the most impressive fast bowler of the late 20th century. A former New Zealand cricket player who conquered world’s fast bowling charts for more than a span. He was the leading wicket taker in the world until Kapil Dev of India first broke the record. Hadlee took 431 wickets in 86 Tests and became the first bowler ever in history to take more than 400 wickets. Not just bowling but, he was a decent batsman too and therefore, found a place amongst top all-round players of the world during his prime.
Vivian Richards (1974 -1991) − A previous West Indian batsman and the most unhelpful ever in cricket history. It was a challenge to best of the best bowlers in the world to stop him from scoring quickly. A live wire on the cricket field; he has scored 8540 Test runs in 121 matches and 6721 runs in 187 ODIs. He scored his best and made a world record of scoring 189 runs in an ODI match.
Malcolm Marshall (1978 -1991) − Marshall is one more speed gun from West Indies who bowled at sheer pace. He had excellent skill to swing the ball at raw pace. He debuted against India at 20 years. Since then, he had taken 376 scalps from 81 Tests. His economy rate of 3.53 in ODIs with average of 26.96 and 157 wickets boasts about his bowling ability.
Kapil Dev (1978 -1994) − Kapil Dev was the first Indian captain to have won the World Cup in 1983. He assisted Indian cricket for 15 years and was extremely accorded as one of the best all-round players in the likes of Imran Khan, Botham, and Hadlee. He scored more than 5000 runs in Test and picked 434 wickets. He was the leading wicket taker for several years after breaking the world record of 433 wickets by Hadlee. His tryst with ODI was similarly good with 3783 runs and 253 wickets from 225 matches. His score of 175 against Zimbabwe in World Cup is regarded as one of the best innings in ODI history.
Sunil Gavaskar (1971 - 1987) − Sunil Gavaskar played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs for India. Gavaskar was a noticeable batsman who first reached 10,000 run landmark in Tests. He did it at an average of 51.12. He was well known for his aggressive batting style against the mighty West Indian attack. He was also the first player to break Bradman’s record of 29 centuries and went on to score 32 in Test.
Imran Khan (1971 - 1992) − Imran Khan was the utmost all-rounder Pakistan had ever produced. He was similarly good with both bat and ball. He took 362 wickets in 88 Tests and 182 wickets in 175 ODIs. He made more than 3500 runs in both formats with average above 30. Apart from this, he was one of the best captains in the world with 1992 World Cup to his kitty.
Ian Botham (1976 - 1992) − Speaking of all round players, it would be partial to not comprise Ian Botham who was best amongst his peers. The Englishman served his country for 15 years. Botham was a prolific batsman and a magnificent bowler. He played a crucial role to lift 1981 Ashes trophy against Australia. General, he took 383 wickets in Tests and 145 in ODIs at an average just above 28. With bat, he made 5200 runs in 102 Tests that he played and over 2000 runs in ODIs.
Wasim Akram (1984-2001) − Akram was Pakistan’s best left-arm fast bowler in cricket history. He swung the ball both ways and made lives problematic for the best batsmen in the world. He was the first bowler to reach 500 wickets in ODIs. He averaged 23.5 in Tests and ODIs with 414 and 502 wickets respectively. The duo of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram were considered the best fast bowlers in the 21st century.
Brian Lara (1990 - 2007) − Brian Lara signified West Indies for 17 years. He was the best left-arm batsman (southpaw) in the history of cricket. He amassed the maximum number of Test runs and centuries, breaking Gavaskar’s record. He still holds the highest individual score in an innings of 400 runs. At an average of 52.88, Lara scored 11,953 runs in Tests and 10,408 runs in ODIs at average of 40.48.
Sachin Tendulkar (1989 - 2013) − Sachin Tendulkar, the run machine of Indian Cricket. He is the individual player in the world to have played 24 years at the highest level. He has smashed nearly every batting record in the history. His stats speak highly of his batting skill; 15921 runs at an average of 53.78 in Tests and 18,426 runs in ODIs with highest number of centuries in both formats. He is the only player to have played 200 Tests in cricket history and also the highest number of ODIs. He was a decent bowler in shorter format of the game with 154 wickets. His tally of runs in first-class and List-A matches is more than 46,000. His batting prowess was praised and matched that of Sir Donald Bradman. On the other hand, he is yet to be included in the Hall of Fame by ICC.
Shane Warne (1992 - 2007) − The art of leg-spin that was failing got restored by this Australian genius. Warne was the best spinner of leather during most part of his playing career. He had a strong competition with Sri Lankan counterpart, Muttiah Muralitharan. Warne’s cricketing career lasted 15 years during which he took 708 Test wickets and 293 wickets in ODIs with exceptional bowling average. He also holds the record for bowling “ball of the century” that got England captain, Graham Gooch bowled around his legs.
Muttiah Muralitharan (1992 - 2011) − Like Tendulkar has broken all the batting records, Muralitharan did the same for bowling. Muralitharan, former Sri Lankan off-spinner holds the record for highest number of wickets in Tests and ODIs at an average below 23. He also has the number of five-fors in an innings of both formats and maximum number of ten wickets in a Test match. Overall, he has 800 scalps in Tests and 534 in ODIs. However, he is yet to be included in the ICC Hall of Fame.
Ricky Ponting (1995 - 2012) − Ponting is one more premier batsman of Australian cricket. He has also been the most positive captain for Australia and led the team most number of consecutive wins in Tests and ODIs. He is next to Clive Lloyd to lift the World Cup twice. Talking of his batting skill, he has scored more than 13,000 runs in Tests and ODIs. His tally of runs in first-class and List-A matches is above 40,000.
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